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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Nov 24, 2006 11:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This time the question is harder- What song LYRICALLY and MUSICALLY best describes the grateful dead experience?

I would have to go with either Playin In The Band or Music Never Stopped ( I know, how ironic coming from me, both of them are Bobby tunes) as well as UJB. Lyrically they all really speak to me about the Dead experience. All three of them also do a good job of summing up the musical side of the experience as well with a nice mix of experimental and straight forward performing.


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Poster: RedC Date: Nov 24, 2006 11:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This time the question is harder- What song LYRICALLY and MUSICALLY best describes the grateful dead experience?

Great question. My instant thought was the Music never stopped, because of the "band beyond description" line. Very dificult to try to describe a multi dimensional relationship with one song. Too many facets to focus on one; slow vs. fast; serious vs. fun; intimate vs. party; hell - Hunter vs. Barlow.
My choice: Help on the Way>Slipnot>Franklins Tower. Great imagery in Help; both very technical and improvisational in Slipnot - nice meter changes- Franklins has the best cause/effect line ever written: If you plant ice you're gonna harvest wind.
2nd choice, for very personal reasons, Phil's Unbroken Chain. Thanks for the question.
Red
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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 24, 2006 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This time the question is harder- What song LYRICALLY and MUSICALLY best describes the grateful dead experience?

Scarlet Begonias.

Trippy imagery: (the sky was yellow and the sun was blue...I had one of those flashes, I'd been there before...)
Message of love and friendship: (strangers stopping strangers just to shake their hands)
Words to live by: (Once in a while you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right)
Non-conformity: (I knew right away she was not like other girls)
Appreciation of music: (I knew without asking she was into the blues)
Mystery: (I had to learn the hard way to let her pass by)

and so much more.

Musically, the song rises and twists and floats and lilts and jams and spins and soars and funks and puts a smile all over yer face.

Scarlet Begonias.

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Poster: another one Date: Nov 24, 2006 3:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This time the question is harder- What song LYRICALLY and MUSICALLY best describes the grateful dead experience?

mention scarlet begonias and forget the best line?

"Everybody is playing in the Heart of Gold Band"

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 24, 2006 5:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This time the question is harder- What song LYRICALLY and MUSICALLY best describes the grateful dead experience?

Nah I think the best line is " once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right"

followed by " had to learn the hard way to let her pass by". Never been a cheater, allways been a one woman at a time/monogomous guy ( call me old fashioned but that's how I've allways been ) BUT I LOVE that line. Just something hillarious about reckognozing learning the hard way - kind of like the other line I love so much: " trouble with you is the trouble with me got two good eyes but we still don't see"

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Nov 24, 2006 3:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This time the question is harder- What song LYRICALLY and MUSICALLY best describes the grateful dead experience?

one song,hmmm..keep your day job,just kidding.gotta to go with ripple,songs to fill the air.